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The impact of climate change on forest systems in the northern United States: projections and implications for forest management

Code: 9781786764980
W. Keith Moser, USDA Forest Service, USA; Patricia Butler-Leopold, Michigan Technological University and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), USA; Constance Hausman, Cleveland Metroparks, USA; Louis Iverson, USDA Forest Service and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), USA; Todd Ontl, Michigan Technological University and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), USA; Leslie Brandt, USDA Forest Service and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), USA; Stephen Matthews, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and The Ohio State University, USA; and Matthew Peters and Anantha Prasad, USDA Forest Service and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), USA

Chapter synopsis: The northern United States is both the most heavily forested and the most densely populated quadrant of the nation. Forests in the region cover 69.6 million hectares, or 42 percent of the land area. In this chapter we characterize mid- and long-term projected climate change impacts for trees and forests of the region. Selected examples at the regional, subregional, and local level suggest some potential pathways for managers seeking to reduce or otherwise mitigate potential impacts on forests. In the medium term (2010-2060), we projected that changes in regional demographic and economic patterns—not in climatic factors themselves—will be the principal influence on these forests. Unless natural disturbance or anthropogenic activities such as biomass harvesting increase considerably, the current middle-aged forest cohort will continue to age with time. Forest types near population centers, such as oak-hickory, are projected to suffer a disproportionate share of land use conversion due to urban and suburban expansion.

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Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Climate projections and their influence on forestland trends in the medium term—the Northern Forests Futures Project 3 Methods of projection in the long term: modeling projected changes in habitat and potential migration 4 Ecoregional vulnerability assessments 5 Management implications 6 Conclusion and future trends 7 Acknowledgements 8 References

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